No matter how clean your house is, there is always some presence of invisible indoor air pollutants which may be affecting your health and mental well being. In fact, many cleaning products actually release harmful compounds into the air such as ammonia, formaldehyde, benzene, ethylene, and more. These compounds can have negative impacts on your health and well being. Fortunately, there’s an excellent and easy way to remove these toxins from your home: plants!
The following is a list of 6 indoor plants that are scientifically proven to be efficient and removing toxins from the air in your home.
Tip: You should have 1 medium sized plant for every 100 square feet in a room. For large rooms, group plants together instead of spacing them out - this will produce the best air purification effect!
1. The Bamboo Palm
If you’re looking for a large plant, you’ll love the Bamboo Palm. This beautiful plant will grow between 3 and 6 feet tall and adds moisture to the room - great for dry winters!
What it eliminates: formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, xylene, chloroform, and more
Care information: It will need lots of indirect sunlight, the soil should be kept moist, and occasional misting can help. Keeping it in a place where air can circulate will help this plant stay even healthier.
2. The Peace Lily
This plant is not only elegant with its snow white blossom, but has been tested by NASA as being one the best air purifying plants. But be careful, this plant can be toxic to your pets if eaten.
What it eliminates: formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, ammonia, chloroform, and more
Care information: This plant can thrive in low or bright light, however the white flower will only emerge in bright light conditions. Make sure to feed it fertilizer once a month in the summer months and keep the soil slightly moist.
3. Aloe Vera
Everyone knows this plant for its healing gel for those pesky summer sunburns, but it’s also great at purifying your house!
What it eliminates: formaldehyde, and benzene.
Care information: This plant makes a great addition to window ledges because it needs plenty of sunlight. Water it deeply but let the soil dry before rewatering. Water it less in winter months.
4. Liriope (Lilyturf)
This plant can add a splash of purple to your home while removing those unwanted invisible pollutants.
What it eliminates: formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, ammonia.
Care information: The Lilyturf thrives best in bright light, but can manage in less than ideal lighting indoors. It’s subtropical, so it will need plenty of water, but don’t overdo it in the winter. If the tips of the leaves turn brown, you know you need to water it more. It only needs fertilization once per year in the spring.
5. Corn Cane (Dracaena massangeana)
If you need a plant that loves low lighting, get the Corn Cane. This tall and large leaved plant is excellent at removing toxins from the air and requires little care. If you take good care of it, in a few years it will reward with you white flower blossoms!
What it eliminates: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and more
Care information: Be careful not to overwater this plant - yellow leaves means you’re giving it too much water. Use a drainage pot and never allow it to stand in water. Also keep it out of direct sunlight - too much light will kill this plant. Fertilize only once per year.
6. Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica)
These are wonderful broadleaved plants from the tropical regions of India. With majestic dark green leaves, this plant is especially good at removing formaldehyde from the air.
What it eliminates: formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, trichloroethylene, and more
Care information: This plant needs a lot of indirect sunlight to thrive. It needs high nitrogen fertilizer once per month. Keep soil moist, even in winter months - this plant never goes dormant.